Broccoli is a very rewarding crop to grow. A cool season crop that is best planted in the cooler spring or fall months. They produce bigger and tastier heads when exposed to cooler temperatures. Can be sown directly or started in seed trays to give you a head start for an earlier plant-out in spring. Broccoli are heavy feeders, so be sure to prepare your soil well, with lots of compost and organic matter.
Broccoli is best harvested when the heads are firm and tight, before they begin to loosen up. Once they begin to loosen up they tend to open and flower quite quickly, rendering them inedible. Most varieties will produce a larger, central head which is usually followed by smaller side florets, giving you an extended harvest over a number of weeks.